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EU bodies square up for leadership battle  Embassy 52
Senior eurocrats predict a power struggle between the European Council and the European Parliament in the search to elect the next...

Mind the gap Embassy 52
With sweeping gains made by Eurosceptic parties in the European elections, the Head of the European Parliament Office UK Bjorn...

All change, please Embassy 52
European citizens from 28 countries have cast their votes and now the process begins to elect the person who will head the next...

The Big Bang – 10 years on Embassy 52
In May the ‘Big Bangers’ marked a decade in the European Union. It’s fair to say there have been highs and lows. Here is their verdict...

Foreign ministries hacked Embassy 52
Hackers penetrated Brazil’s foreign ministry internal email system but failed to get access to confidential government documents...

Syrian rebels get mission status in UK Embassy 52
National Coalition’s representation in the UK has been upgraded to a ‘foreign mission’, Foreign Secretary William Hague...

#Bringbackourgirls demo at Nigerian HC Embassy 52
The Nigerian High Commission was the scene of angry protests for several weeks, as people demanded more action from the Nigerian...

Iran offers compensation for British Embassy damage Embassy 52
As part of the thaw in UK-Iran relations, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Takht Ravanchi said his government would be willing to consider...

Russia-Ukraine talks ‘possible’ Embassy 52
Following Ukraine’s presidential elections, direct bilateral dialogue between Ukraine and Russia “is possible” Ukraine Ambassador Volodymyr...

Women envoys back bid to end rape in war Embassy 52
Women diplomats should speak out against sexual violence being used as a weapon of war, London’s female ambassadors have said...

The long path to peace Embassy 51
History will be made this week as The Queen hosts the Irish President in the first state visit to Britain since Ireland’s independence...

Russian interference must end, says Ambassador Embassy 51
As elections approach and tensions rise in Eastern Ukraine, the country’s Ambassador to London Volodymyr Khandogiy outlines what a new...

Stop Russian interference in Ukraine – envoy Embassy 51
The Ambassador of Ukraine to London has accused Russia of deliberately trying to disrupt the presidential elections in May in order to “tear...

Scottish Yes vote more likely, say consuls Embassy 51
The pro-independence campaign has gained the upper hand in the Scottish referendum, according to a poll of Edinburgh-based...

Human rights setbacks – FCO report Embassy 51
Human rights globally have been in decline over the past year, according to the FCO Human Rights Report 2013, which saw the list of...

FCO Officer wins BREXIT prize Embassy 51
A British trade attaché has been awarded the €100,000 Brexit prize for outlining the most compelling blueprint for a withdrawal from the EU...

Secret WWI files made public Embassy 51
Files about World War One spies will be made available online for the first time by the National Archives as part of the WWI commemorations...

Canada pulls plug on funds Embassy 51
Canada will suspend funding to the Commonwealth while the chair of the secretariat is occupied by Sri Lanka because of human rights...

In a league of its own Embassy 51
Commonwealth Week offered a chance to reflect on how an organisation born out of a colonial past could have relevance for the future...

The People’s Commonwealth Embassy 51
Commonwealth Foundation Director Vijay Krishnarayan talks to Elizabeth Stewart about the organisation’s new focus...

Bugging allies ‘acceptable’ – MP Embassy 50
Spying on diplomats and the heads of state of friendly countries is sometimes necessary if national security is at stake...

Romanian migration myth Embassy 50
The much-feared “Romanian invasion” of the UK has failed to materialise, according to the Romanian Ambassador to London Dr Ion Jinga...

Calls to reopen Iranian Embassy Embassy 50
Former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw MP has called on the British government to re-establish full diplomatic ties with Iran and re-open...

North Korean Ambassador gives rare interview Embassy 50
HE Mr Hyun Hak-bong used a Sky News interview to blame US “hostile policy” for tensions on the Korean peninsula...

Politicians and press to stay out of media regulation Embassy 50
The Chairman of the Culture Media and Sport Committee John Whittingdale MP told press attachés at a DPAAL meeting...

The Year in 2014 Embassy 50
The Year of the Horse has dawned – and it will go at a galloping pace. According to the Chinese, this year will be one of high energy...

The Year in 2014 – Big ballots Embassy 50
When it comes to making electoral history, 2014 doesn’t get much bigger: more people will vote in elections this year than in any other in history.

The Year in 2014 – Fun & Games Embassy 50
If you are a sports fan, 2014 has something to offer everyone. To jump start the year is the Sochi Winter Olympics...

The Year in 2014 – Wall & Peace Embassy 50
In August all over Europe, the US and the Commonwealth, historians and nations will join together to commemorate...

The Year in 2014 - Summit summary Embassy 50
Greece and Italy share the EU Presidency in 2014 – two countries whose economies are still in intensive care, so leaders can expect Spartan...

The Year in 2014 – Memorable milestones Embassy 50
Several countries celebrate important milestones in their history this year so expect a year of celebrations at these missions...

Diplomacy a winner in 2013, say envoys Embassy 49
After a decade in which ‘might was right’ the art of diplomacy has made a comeback in 2013, according to a poll of diplomats...

Diplomats upbeat at close of 2013 Embassy 49
The global outlook has improved over the course of 2013, but ongoing conflicts and a weak economic recovery mean these gains could...

Mixed reviews for the state of UK in 2013 Embassy 49
Diplomats were also asked to assess how well Britain was doing, relative to last year. Half the respondents felt conditions in the UK had...

UK to grow global education capacity, says Minister Embassy 48
Universities Minister David Willetts outlined ambitious plans...

Ambassador slams ‘Orwellian’ spying Embassy 48
The Argentine Ambassador, Alicia Castro, has hit out at “global espionage”, saying South American citizens did not want to be...

EU boosts UK influence, says audit Embassy 48
Britain’s foreign policy is enhanced through its membership of the EU, an FCO review into EU competencies concluded, but it also called...

Using women as tool of war must end Embassy 48
Women diplomats should “raise their voices” against the use of women as a weapon of war, Baroness Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General...

UK’s EU Ambassador leaves post Embassy 48
Sir Jon Cunliffe, Britain’s Permanent Representative to the EU, has been recalled from Brussels after serving less than two years in the job to...

Arms to Syria debate splits diplomatic corps Embassy 47
The dispute over the lifting of the EU arms embargo on Syria, enabling EU countries to send arms to moderate opposition forces fighting...

Africa ‘hopeful’ as OAU/AU turns 50  Embassy 47
Africa was hailed as ‘the New Eldorado’ as African Heads of Mission joined Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and investors for a...

Less EU is more, says Croatian President  Embassy 47
Croatia is in favour of Britain’s push to reform the EU, Ivo Josipovic, the President of European Union’s soon-to-be newest member, told...

Ecuadorian FM to visit Assange Embassy 47
The Foreign Minister of Ecuador, Ricardo Patino, has accused Britain of abusing the human rights of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange...

British Overseas Territories urged to reform tax system Embassy 47
With tax transparency the focus of the G8 Summit, Prime Minister David Cameron has urged British Overseas Territories to “get their house...

To intervene or not to intervene? Embassy 47
The “ghost of Bosnia” haunts Conservative Party thinking as the British government considers how to intervene in the Syrian conflict, a top...

Thatcher was force for good, say envoys Embassy 46
Margaret Thatcher's legacy in global politics has been "mostly positive" according to an Embassy poll of London's ambassadors...

G8 join Jolie to declare rape a war crime Embassy 46
The G8 foreign ministers teamed up with Oscar-winning actress and UNHCR special envoy Angelina Jolie to declare rape a war crime...

A Commonwealth for a new era Embassy 46
On Commonwealth Day The Queen signed a historic new Charter to refocus the family of nations on its core values and maintain...

FCO human rights watch list still long Embassy 46
The Foreign Office has released its Human Rights report, citing “positive developments” on human rights and democracy in the post-Arab...

Wikileaks evidence inadmissible Embassy 46
Classified American embassy cables obtained by WikiLeaks cannot be used as evidence in English and Welsh courts because...

MPs slam FCO for failing to reach property sales target Embassy 46
The Foreign Office will raise £100 million less than planned through the sale of British diplomatic property, according to the Foreign Affairs...

FCO language skills needed Embassy 46
The UK risks losing credibility if more senior diplomats are not fluent in a range of languages, the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee has warned.

Vote won't solve Islands dispute, say envoys Embassy 45
The upcoming referendum on the Falklands/Malvinas will not help to solve the territorial dispute between Britain and Argentina, an Embassy snap...

Syrian ex-spokesman defects Embassy 45
Syria’s former foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi, who is also well known in London's diplomatic circles as the former press...

Envoy counters anti-immigration hype Embassy 45
Romanian Ambassador Ion Jinga has gone on the offensive to put negative media reports about Romanian immigration into context in...

Tory foreign policy shift may harm UK  Embassy 45
British foreign policy is entering a period of “intense debate and uncertainty”, while the media is undergoing an “extraordinary...

Pope must be 'good manager' Embassy 45
A former UK envoy to the Holy See who observed the election of Pope Benedict XVI says the priority for the next head of the Catholic...

UK and EU to lose out in UK exit, say HoMs Embassy 44
London’s foreign ambassadors have warned that the UK and the EU could lose global influence should Britain decide to leave the...

Sahel counter-terrorism is G8 priority Embassy 44
Greater international support for democracy and security in the Sahel countries will  be “at the top of the agenda” at Britain’s G8...

Busy month for embassy demos Embassy 44
January has been a winter of discontent for some missions in London which have been the focus of protests staged in reaction to...

The Year in 2013 Embassy 44
According to the Chinese, 2013 is the Year of the Snake – and it’s an unpredictable year of upheaval, rebuilding but innovation too...

Major milestones Embassy 44
After the joyous Diamond Jubilee celebrations last year, Britons will toast the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II...

Fun and Games Embassy 44
With no Olympics, the focus falls on smaller tournaments scattered around the globe...

Summit summary Embassy 44
In 2013 the jamboree of summits moves to new locations. Ireland has taken over the Presidency of the EU and will have to calm...

War and Peace Embassy 44
A number of wars will be commemorated this year, with historians and analysts pondering over their long-term impact...

FCO voted top foreign service Embassy 43
The FCO has been voted the best diplomatic service in the world by London’s foreign diplomats in a survey conducted by Embassy...

Scottish membership of EU not automatic Embassy 43
The President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, has said that any new independent country would have...

Syrian ‘rebel Ambassador’ to UK named Embassy 43
The Syrian National Coalition has named human rights activist Mr Walid Saffour as its representative to the UK...

Kuwait State Visit boosts historic ties Embassy 43
Kuwait and Britain are “old friends” the Queen said at the State Banquet celebrating the visit of the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah...

UK OTs claim self determination rights Embassy 43
Political leaders of Britain’s Overseas Territories reasserted the “right of self-determination” in a joint statement issued at the inaugural...

Israeli Ambassador summoned Embassy 43
Middle East Minister Alastair Burt formally called Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub to the FCO to express the British government’s...

Assange case ‘a threat’ to immunity Embassy 42
The FCO’s warning to the Ecuadorian government of a law that allows Britain to revoke the immunity of a diplomatic premises...

Meet the new ministers Embassy 42
Prime Minister David Cameron’s autumn reshuffle has ushered in an interesting new crop of ministers and a reorganisation of portfolios...

Historic Indonesia State Visit Embassy 42
Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, 59, became the first world leader to make a state visit to the UK in the Queen’s Diamond...

FCO charmed by snake Embassy 42
A team of experts from the National History Museum was called in to the FCO to restuff Albert, the 120-year-old resident anaconda...

Britain risks losing influence with Scottish Independence
Embassy 42
Countries hostile to the UK could exploit Scottish independence to try and curtail the UK’s power on the world stage, the FCO...

Assange case raises questions of immunity Embassy 41
The Foreign Office’s warning to the Ecuadorian government of an obscure law that allows Britain to revoke the immunity of a...

Assange case ‘a threat’ to diplomatic immunity Embassy 41
The Foreign Office’s warning to the Ecuadorian government of a law that allows Britain to revoke the immunity of a diplomatic premises and...

Monarchy still relevant, say envoys Embassy 40
The monarchy remains relevant in a modern Britain, according to a poll of diplomats conducted in the run-up to the Diamond Jubilee...

FCO unit to investigate war zone rape Embassy 40
The Foreign Office has launched an initiative aimed at tackling sexual violence in war zones across the world...

Libyan PM lays wreath at memorial to murdered PC Embassy 40
Libya’s interim prime minister Abdurrahim El-Keib has laid a wreath at the spot where PC Yvonne Fletcher was shot dead – allegedly by...

Tit-for-tat expulsions Embassy 40
As violence escalated in Syria, the Assad regime declared 17 foreign diplomats as persona non grata in retaliation for the coordinated...

Rights abusers banned from Games Embassy 40
World leaders who have committed human rights abuses will be banned from the Olympics, Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne has...

Safe zones to be set up for England fans at Euro 2012 Embassy 40
The Football Association has announced that special England-only zones are to be set up for England football fans attending...

Princess Royal attends Chile Navy Day commemoration Embassy 40
In front of a packed congregation at Westminster Abbey, HRH Princess Anne and Chilean Ambassador Tomas Muller Sproat attended...

FCO boosts spending on human rights Embassy 39
The FCO has pledged to spend an additional £1.5m to promote freedom of expression online, Foreign Secretary William Hague...

UK to open Burma interest office Embassy 39
The Foreign Office will establish a “British interests office” in Burma’s new capital Naypyidaw, Foreign Secretary William Hague...

Austerity bites at FCO Embassy 39
The Foreign Office is underfunded and further cuts could damage its ability to operate successfully, the Foreign Affairs Committee...

FCO gets lost in translation Embassy 39
Only one in 40 British diplomats is fluent in the language of their host country, according figures recently revealed to Parliament...

Release of colonial files sparks interest Embassy 39
The release of the first batch of secret archives from Britain’s colonial rule – once thought lost – has been greeted with interest by the...

UK gears up for multipolar diplomacy Embassy 38
British foreign policy is shifting its focus towards new power blocs in the emerging world, Foreign Secretary William Hague told ambassadors...

UK and Argentina trade economic blows over Falklands/Malvinas dispute Embassy 38
Argentina and Britain have resorted to an economic war of sorts as tensions between the two countries flare around...

Syrian Ambassador recalled Embassy 38
The Syrian Ambassador to London, Dr Sami Khiyami, has left his post on instructions from his government, amid rising...

Civil war in Syria ‘quite likely’ – envoys Embassy 37
London’s heads of mission have given a bleak assessment of the situation in Syria, with two thirds saying further escalation...

Envoys hail Somalia talks a success Embassy 37
Diplomats are cautiously optimistic that the recent conference on Somalia in London would succeed where others had failed...

Alliances are UK’s biggest asset – MP Embassy 37
Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne MP attracted a capacity crowd for the YDL’s  first ‘Distinguished Speaker Series’ in the House...

The year in 2012 Embassy 36
However you look at it, the Year of the Dragon is going to be an auspicious one – in Britain there’s the Diamond Jubilee...

Major Milestones Embassy 36
In June Britain will come to a standstill to toast the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Festivities begin as early as March with...

Fun and Games Embassy 36
Ukraine and Poland kick off the 2012 sporting calendar as co-hosts of the Euro 2012 Football tournament...

Summit Summary Embassy 36
In 2012 the merry-go-round of summits moves to new cities. Denmark has taken over the Presidency of the EU as the eurozone...

War and Peace Embassy 36
This year some nations will reflect on wars waged and peace agreed. Americans and Canadians will mark the Bicentennial...

Envoys upbeat over ‘Arab Spring’ Embassy 36
As protesters celebrated the first anniversary of the fall of the Mubarak regime outside the Egyptian Embassy, diplomats remained...

Concordia could trigger review of safety at sea Embassy 36
IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu has urged a “rapid and full casualty investigation” in the wake of the Costa Concordia...

Argentina to send new Ambassador to London Embassy 36
A new Argentine Ambassador is heading to London, to fill a position that has been vacant since 2008...

Veto will cost UK influence Embassy 35
Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to veto a summit deal aimed at saving the euro is likely to leave Britain with less influence...

Green attachés give COP17 thumbs up Embassy 35
Members of the Green Embassy Network  – London’s loose affiliation of green attachés and facilities managers who are aspiring to reduce...

Escalation fears as UK closes embassy Embassy 35
Britain has downgraded its diplomatic ties with Iran to the lowest level, ordering the closure of the Embassy and the expulsion of its...

Bilaterialism is back Embassy 34
Foreign Secretary William Hague has announced a major drive towards enhancing Britain’s bilateral relations, reversing the policies...

MPs to grill EU foreign policy chief Embassy 34
The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs will give evidence to the Foreign Affairs Committee for the first time since assuming...

UK Minister vows re-engagement with Central America Embassy 34
Jeremy Browne, the Foreign Office Minister for Latin America, has pledged renewed British engagement in Central America...

Coalition foreign policy ‘harms UK’ Embassy 33
A majority of the British public thinks the Coalition Government’s foreign policy has damaged the UK’s image abroad, according...

NTC envoys arrive in London as UK policy shift sets new
precedent
Embassy 33
Britain’s decision to expel all remaining Libyan diplomats and to treat the rebel opposition as the ‘sole governmental authority’...

Foreign Office increases overseas network Embassy 32
The expansion of Britain’s diplomatic network has been welcomed by foreign diplomats in London and in overseas capitals...

Top UK Ambassadors in major reshuffle Embassy 32
The shake-up of senior UK envoys – which will see changes at the top in missions in Brussels, Paris and Washington – are a clear...

Arab spring prompts u-turn on BBC World Service funding cuts Embassy 32
The Foreign Secretary has pledged to reverse planned cuts to the BBC World Service after uprisings in the Arab world prompted a “rethink”...

FCO should import good ideas from other foreign ministries Embassy 32
MPs have called on the Foreign Office to look beyond the UK for better ways to practise diplomacy in a competitive global environment.

Multiple crises test FCO Embassy 31
Nearly a fifth of all Foreign Office staff had to be temporarily redeployed as Britain’s stretched diplomatic service responded to...

Reverse World Service cuts – MPs Embassy 31
Funding for the BBC World Service should be protected and budget cuts reversed to preserve its global reputation, the Foreign Affairs...

FCO boosts counter-piracy funds Embassy 31
The UK Foreign Secretary recently announced a £6 million injection of funding to improve maritime surveillance of pirates in the Indian...

Libyan envoys expelled as ex-persona non grata defects
Embassy 31
Five loyalists of the Gaddafi regime have been expelled from the Libyan Embassy in London because they posed a national security...

Colonial era files could trigger compensation claims Embassy 31
Secret files documenting tactics to crush the anti-colonial Mau Mau uprisings in Kenya have been made public, coinciding with a test...

Envoys divided over WikiLeaks fallout Embassy 29
The likely impact of the unauthorised release of secret diplomatic cables by the WikiLeaks website...

Europe House opening Embassy 29
Ambassadors, cabinet ministers and EU luminaries gathered at 32 Smith Square for the historic opening of Europe...

Historic Pope Visit Embassy 28
The first State Visit of the Pope to London, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, marks a new phase in diplomatic relations with Britain...

UK missions to be spared in cutbacks Embassy 28
Foreign Secretary William Hague has spoken out to defend Britain’s network of diplomatic missions overseas.

A new bi-polar world? Embassy 27 – July 2010
A survey of top posts conducted among London’s diplomats reveals the return of a bi-polar world – but this time with China...

FCO means business Embassy 27 – July 2010
A trade expert has been appointed the most senior official at the Foreign Office, reinforcing Prime Minister David Cameron’s...

Candid Cameron Embassy 27 – July 2010
Foreign Secretary William Hague promised a “distinctly different” British foreign policy and on his recent global tour...

Meet the lean, mean FAC team Embassy 27 – July 2010
The Foreign Office will be put through its paces by a team of tough-minded backbench members of parliament...

‘Diplomat’ to head committee Embassy 26 – June 2010
Richard Ottaway MP, a “diplomatic” Tory backbencher, has been voted in as the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee...

Coalition foreign policy “more effective”Embassy 26 – June 2010
Diplomats have given the foreign policy of the Con-Dem coalition a cautious vote of confidence, saying outcomes...

FCO fights for resourcesEmbassy 26 – June 2010
Officials at the Foreign Office are bracing themselves for a tussle over resources, following the emergency budget...

APPGs announced in JulyEmbassy 26 – June 2010
The reshuffle of the All Party Parliamentary Country Groups will be announced at the end of July. The country groups...

FCO team reflects nuanced foreign policy Embassy 25 – May 2010
The new team of ministers at the Foreign Office points to a the more nuanced foreign policy of the Con-Lib coalition government...

More ministers, please Embassy 25 – May 2010
The Foreign Affairs Select Committee has recommended that the new government taking office in May should increase the size...

Pope memo envoy faces sack Embassy 25 – May 2010
The diplomat at the centre of the storm over the Foreign Office memo mocking the Pope has been suspended and faces a disciplinary...

Foreign policy differences Embassy 25 – May 2010
Diplomats will be pleased with the increased Lib Dem influence on foreign policy, with Deputy Prime Minister scoring the highest...

Embassies for hire to plug funding gap Embassy 24 – April 2010
The cash-strapped Foreign Office has found novel ways to meet its £135m funding shortfall, including the hiring out of its prestige...

‘Name and shame’ diplomatic servant abusers Embassy 24 –
April 2010
Under a Conservative administration, foreign diplomats in London who mistreat their servants could face having their embassies...

Europe minister makes history Embassy 24 – April 2010
In a victory for gay rights, Minister for Europe Chris Bryant and his partner Jared Cranney tied the knot in Parliament...

MPs demand scrutiny of political appointees Embassy 24 – April 2010
The Foreign Affairs Committee has demanded that it carry out advance scrutiny of political appointments to senior diplomatic...

FCO reduces its carbon footprint Embassy 23 – March 2010
Foreign Office staff have been asked to fly economy class as part of the FCO’s bid to reduce its carbon footprint...

Embassy protesters jailed Embassy 23 – March 2010
Twenty-two people who pleaded guilty to violent protests outside the Israeli Embassy have have been jailed...

Afghan summit boosts resolve Embassy 22 – January 2010
London's diplomats were satisfied with the outcome of the Afghanistan Conference at which a military strategy, underpinned...

Tories to beef up FCO Embassy 22 – January 2010
The Foreign Office will return to the heart of Whitehall under a new Conservative government, while some money intended for...

Politics – elections to watch in 2010... Embassy 22 – January 2010

Summits & Presidencies... Embassy 22 – January 2010

A tale of two trees Embassy 21 – December 2009
Two very different embassy Christmas trees have brought a message of peace and reconciliation to London this festive season...

Paradise lost? Embassy 21 – December 2009
High Commissioner Farah Faizal says the leaders meeting at Copenhagen have it in...

Growing and greener Embassy 21 – December 2009
Chinese Ambassador Fu Ying says technology holds the key to cleaner development in the world's biggest developing country

In it together Embassy 21 – December 2009
Jock Whittlesey, Environment, Science, Technology and Health Counsellor at US Embassy London reports from Copenhagen...

Cut in perks due at FCO Embassy 21 – December 2009
British diplomats will have to tighten their belts in future as Chancellor Alistair Darling imposed swingeing cuts on the FCO...

Plans set for Afghan meeting Embassy 21 – December 2009
Preparations at the FCO's Protocol Department are underway for a 68-nation conference on the future of Afghanistan...

Female envoys toast woman in top EU job Embassy 20 – November 2009
Women diplomats in London are celebrating the surprise appointment of Britain’s Baroness Ashton as the EU’s High Representative...
Profile of Baroness Ashton

Revisiting the revolutionsEmbassy 20 – November 2009
In the season marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Foreign Office and embassies across London have been hosting...

Frozen moments Embassy 20 – November 2009
On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a glistening ice wall was erected overnight outside...

Europe minister role ‘downgraded’ Embassy 19 – October 2009
The position of Europe Minister has been handed to Chris Bryant, in a move that political commentators say downgrades...

Foreign Office braced for cutbacks Embassy 19 – October 2009
The Foreign Office plans to use more local staff at its posts and will be cutting back on expensive new embassy buildings...

British embassy worker jailed Embassy 19 – October 2009
Hossein Rassam, a locally employed political advisor at the British Embassy who was arrested and tried for harming national security...

FCO official fined for outburst Embassy 19 – October 2009
A Foreign Office official has been fined £350 after being found guilty of racially aggravated harassment.

Clean sweep at the FCO Embassy 18 – Julyt/August 2009
The unexpected departure of Lord Malloch Brown has completed the thorough overhaul of the ministerial team at the Foreign Office...

Uighurs protest outside Chinese Embassy Embassy 18 –
Julyt/August 2009

The Chinese Embassy was recently the scene of a pro-Uighur demonstration in which around 100 protesters demanded a UN...

Embassy analyst freed Embassy 18 – Julyt/August 2009
The remaining British Embassy worker being held in Iran on suspicion of subversive activities has been released on bail...

Reshuffle hits Foreign Office Embassy 17 – June 2009
Gordon Brown has appointed veteran MEP and social justice campaigner Glenys Kinnock to take over as Europe Minister...

Muslim Ambassadors praise Obama Embassy 17 – June 2009
Barack Obama’s landmark speech to the Muslim world in Cairo has been warmly received by Muslim heads of mission in London...

FCO backtracks on gagging of ex-envoys Embassy 17 – June 2009
The Foreign Office has abandoned a Diplomatic Service Regulation issued in 2006, which imposed a lifelong obligation on ex-diplomats...

Flowers laid to mark Tiananmen anniversary Embassy 17 – June 2009
Survivors of the Tiananmen Square massacre laid flowers outside the Chinese Embassy to mark the 20th anniversary of the bloodshed...

Turkish Embassy slams racist leaflet Embassy 17 – June 2009
The Turkish Embassy has complained to the FCO over a British National Party election campaign leaflet which claims the UK...

Israeli poster stirs anger Embassy 17 – June 2009
The Palestinian Solidarity Campaign and the Syrian Embassy have demanded the removal of Israeli Tourist Office posters...

Protests paralyse missions Embassy 16 – May 2009
A rally of Tamil supporters outside India House caused major disruption to the  High Commission last week...

FCO spends £48.9m on security Embassy 16 – May 2009
The Foreign Office has revealed that £48.9m was spent last year on private security companies in Iraq and Afghanistan...

G20: What’s the deal?Special report – March 2009
London’s diplomats have called on world leaders meeting at the G20 summit today to prioritise a tighter global financial regulatory system..

G20: Who wants what Special report – March 2009
Now we know what the diplomats think, but here’s a summary of what the various G20 nations are hoping will be going into the mix...

FCO official suspended Embassy 15 – February 2009
A senior British diplomat working on the South Asia desk has been suspended following his arrest for an alleged anti-Semitic outburst...

Whistleblower to sue FCO Embassy 15 – February 2009
Derek Pasquill, sacked under the Official Secrets Act for leaking documents relating to the Foreign Office's...

FCO 'losing its value' – Lord Hurd Embassy 15 – February 2009
Lord Hurd has warned that the Foreign Office risks losing its value as a "store of knowledge" due to its excessive management culture...

FCO squeezed in credit crunch Embassy 15 – February 2009
MPs have warned that the Foreign Office is facing "serious financial pressures" due to the falling value of the pound...

IMO launches anti-piracy strategy
Piracy off the Horn of Africa has grabbed the headlines, disrupting trade, aid and even funding terrorism. Here, IMO Secretary...

Czechs take charge Embassy 14 – January 2009
When Harold MacMillan was asked by a journalist what could upset his best-laid plans, Britain’s prime minister sagely replied...

Protest outside Greek Embassy Embassy 13 – Nov/Dec 2008
Police arrested five demonstrators at a rally outside the Greek Embassy in London, protesting against the killing...

New Kosovo embassy opens Embassy 13 – Nov/Dec 2008
Diplomats from Kosovo have opened their first mission in London. The embassy will be headed...

VIP visit – Shimon says Embassy 13 – Nov/Dec 2008
Isreali President Shimon Peres visited Britain on a State Visit celebrating the 60th anniversary of Israel’s statehood...

VIP visit – Rice recital Embassy 13 – Nov/Dec 2008
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice ended her testimonial tour of the UK on a high note with a recital for...

Envoys back Barack Embassy 12 – Oct 2008
Barack Obama has swept the boards as the London diplomatic corps’ choice for the next US President...

Electric election night Embassy 12 – Oct 2008
There were scenes of wild jubilation at the American Embassy in London last night after Barack Obama was elected president...

Beijing and beyond Embassy 11 – Sep 2008
With the successful conclusion of the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics, Chinese Ambassador Fu Ying reflects on China’s Olympic legacies...

Uneasy peace dealEmbassy 10 – Jul/Aug 2008
EU ambassadors have given a cautious welcome to the French brokered truce between Georgia and Russia, bringing to a halt...

'Pay poor states to save forests'Embassy 10 – Jul/Aug 2008
The Prince of Wales has urged rich nations to pay developing countries to preserve their rainforests...

UK and Russia clash over spy accusationsEmbassy 10 – Jul/Aug 2008
Senior British security sources have warned that Russia is increasing its intelligence activities at the Embassy, which were draining resources...

Lift gag on ex-envoys, say MPsEmbassy 10 – Jul/Aug 2008
An “oppressive” gag on retired diplomats giving media interviews without approval must be scrapped, a Commons committee has said...

A lot of hot air?Embassy 10 – Jul/Aug 2008
Europe's ground-breaking carbon trading scheme needs an overhaul to be effective, a panel of experts told an audience of economic attachés...

High hopesEmbassy 10 – Jul/Aug 2008
France has taken over the helm of an EU in stormy waters: the Irish rejected the Lisbon Treaty, world trade talks are flat-lining and a war broke out on Europe’s borders...

Mixed reaction over Treaty rejectionEmbassy 9 – Jun 2008
Foreign Secretary David Miliband has warned against nations “sleepwalking into isolationism and protectionism” ...

Don't close downEmbassy 9 – Jun 2008
Foreign Secretary David Miliband has warned against nations “sleepwalking into isolationism and protectionism” ...

Ban urges action to combat threatsEmbassy 9 – Jun 2008
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for more urgency in tackling threats that can destabilise the world...

Pakistan back in the clubEmbassy 8 – May 2008
Pakistan's High Commissioner, Maleeha Lodhi, departed London on a high note with the news that the Commonwealth...

Envoy slams 'biased report' Embassy 8 – May 2008
Cambodian Ambassador Hor Nambora has accused The Guardian of biased reporting for a recent article which claimed...

Ambassador hits out at mediaEmbassy 7 – Apr 2008
China’s Ambassador to the UK has warned that “misleading” reporting by Western media of the riots in Tibet risks alienating...

Sharp focusEmbassy 7 – Apr 2008
The Foreign Office has just emerged from a period of intense naval gazing, trying to figure out what its purpose is...

Entente formidableEmbassy 6 – Mar 2008
Talleyrand, one of the greatest French diplomats, once said, “Give me a good chef and I will bring you back a good treaty.”...

Ambassador slams UK mediaEmbassy 6 – Mar 2008
The Chinese Ambassador to Britain has attacked elements in the British media for their biased coverage of the recent pro-Tibetan riots in Lhasa...

Miliband urges radical changeEmbassy 6 – Mar 2008
The Foreign Secretary has announced a radical change in the way the Foreign Office will be run.

Kosovo divides corpsEmbassy 5 – Feb 2008
Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence has divided London's diplomats over whether the world's 194th state deserves recognition...

FCO prepares for reshuffleEmbassy 5 – Feb 2008
The Foreign Office is bracing itself for a reorganisation in April, in line with a new 'Strategic Framework'...

'Dignified' diplomacy, not boycott – says minister
Embassy 5 – Feb 2008
Britain will conduct "dignified" negotiations with China about its human rights record and activities in Sudan in the run-up to the Beijing Olympics but will not boycott the games...

Ambassador launches ‘historic presidency’Embassy 4 – Jan 2008
Ambassador Iztok Mirosic launched his country’s presidency of the EU by saying it was a historic occasion as the first country formerly behind the Iron Curtain to take over the helm...

Shake-up at FCOEmbassy 4 – Jan 2008
More British diplomats are to be sent to the Middle East and South Asia to combat extremism, in a radical reallocation of FCO resources, the Foreign Secretary has announced...

Diplomats divided over whistleblowerEmbassy 4 – Jan 2008
A civil servant at the Foreign Office has been cleared of breaching the Official Secrets Act – but diplomats in London are divided...

Hard-headed policy – Embassy 2 – Nov 2007
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called for "hard-headed internationalism" in the first foreign policy speech of his premiership...

All set for CHOGM – Embassy 2 – Nov 2007
Ugandan consuls at the London High Commission have been working overtime issuing dozens of visas to diplomats from the 53-nation body heading to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting...

High drama in Kampala – Embassy 2 – Nov 2007
Transforming Commonwealth Societies to achieve political, economic and human development is the the theme of the upcoming CHOGM...

Shipping must go green – IMO SG – Embassy 2 – Nov 2007
The IMO can do more to improve safety and security at sea, while ensuring cleaner seas IMO Secretary General Efthimios Mitropoulos has said...

FCO in squeeze – Embassy 2 – Nov 2007
Tight funding for the FCO risks jeopardising diplomacy overseasand could hamper efforts to improve security at embassies, according to a recent report by lawmakers...

UKVisas security breech – Embassy 2 – Nov 2007
An investigation has found that the Foreign Office broke data protection rules by failing...

Milibands 'Second Wave' – Embassy 1 – Oct 2007
London's diplomatic corps has given a cautious thumbs up to Foreign Secretary David Miliband's conference speech on Labour's 'Second Wave' foreign policy...

FCO's new focus: Counter-radicalism – Embassy 1 – Oct 2007
The Foreign Office will concentrate on countering Muslim extremism with extra funding awarded in the Comprehensive Spending Review...

FCO gags retired diplomats – Embassy 1 – Oct 2007
Former British diplomats are up in arms over new FCO employment contracts, effectively banning any unauthorised expression of opinion after retirement...

Lord Speaker at the WDS – Embassy 1 – Oct 2007
Women envoys were privileged to be addressed by Britain's first-ever elected Lord Speaker, within the magnificent setting of the River Room in the Houses of Parliament...

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